Sudhir Bhai, founder and director of Sewadham Ashram, Ujjain, has been engaged for 28 years in the service of the disabled, elderly, mentally ill people, helpless children and susceptible women
When Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak visited Sewadham Ashram on April 4, 2017, he was visibly moved and what he saw there shook his heart and soul. He saw an amazing world there, the world of dedicated service to humanity. Sudhir Bhai Goyal, the Founder and Director of the Sewadham Ashram, has been serving hapless people with great love, devotion and compassion for the past 28 years. Dr. Pathak felt that humanity could not be served better than this.
Life: The Tutor
Sewadham Ashram was established in 1989 in Amodia village of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Its Founder and Director is Sudhir Bhai Goyal. Sudhir Bhai was born in a reputed family on August 19, 1957 in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh. He has been very much influenced by Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi. At the age of 13, he established a school in village Ajnoti. Since then, he has been so devoted to education and service to humanity that it has become his life’s mission today.
This sense of service and dedication in Sudhir Bhai’s life came as a motivation from his own family and relatives. His uncle suffered from mental illness. His grandmother too did not enjoy a good mental condition. His friend’s brother was disabled. Seeing all these miseries, Sudhir Bhai was seriously disturbed. He was filled with the desire to do something good for such people.
Initially he decided to pursue the medical profession. But in 1976, when he met Acharya Vinoba Bhave, his attitude towards life changed. Vinoba often used to say that the real India resides in villages. He had said that there is nothing more important than service to humanity.
During the last 28 years of service to humanity, Sudhir Bhai often felt that people suffering with leprosy were living in a pitiable and unhealthy environment and he was very much disturbed. Narayan, a disabled patient suffering from leprosy, was counting the last moments of his life, when Sudhir Bhai brought him to his Ashram and served him till his last day.
With a passion to serve the people afflicted with leprosy, he established a leprosy welfare centre in Hamirkhadi near Ujjain. Similarly, he was also deeply concerned about destitute children. He even lost his left eye while serving children in 1979.
There are more than 5,000 people from different religions and castes living in the Sewadham Ashram, who are suffering from serious diseases, such as cancer, AIDS, TB and mental problems. Interestingly these helpless people from all over the country live like a joint family. More than 200 health camps have been organised by the Ashram and more than 500 people were able to regain their vision through eye donation.
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